Glennie was prominent in the
community at Patrick Plains and attended meetings of the Patrick Plains Turf
and later meetings to establish the best means of affording relief to the
starving in Ireland. In 1847 Dr. Glennie
was presented to
Governor Charles Fitzroy on his visit to Singleton.
Henry Glennie was listed as a
qualified medical practitioner in the Government Gazette
and performed post mortem examinations as part of his duties. In 1847 he was
Ravensworth by Edward Bowman to attend to Bernard Fox who had been
attacked. Fox had been stabbed twice in the stomach and there was nothing Dr. Glennie could do to save him.
After performing the post mortem he was later called to testify at the trial of
Charles Cooper who had been charged with the murder.
In June 1847
arrangements were made to pay a visit to Jerry's Plains once a week, and more
often in cases of emergency; for which he was to receive a stipulated annual
remuneration from the principal householders, and would also enjoy the
incidental practice arising from the requirements of non - subscribers.
In 1848 Dr. Glennie was
appointed Coroner temporarily during the absence of
Mr. Vallack who had left on
a mission to search for Edmund Kennedy's party in northern Australia.
In 1849 Henry Glennie was the
only Justice of the Peace to attend the annual licensing meeting for the
district. Innkeepers were expected to be in attendance at these meetings
with their sureties in hand, and no doubt some were unimpressed with the
other Magistrates when only Dr. Glennie 'who sacrificed his professional
time' attended, causing the meeting to be postponed for a
Henry Glennie spent the rest of
his life in the district. He died in August 1880.......
Dr. Glennie, a well known
resident of Singleton, who was known to fame as a rifle shot in the
early days of volunteering met with an accident on Sunday last which
resulted in his death early on Wednesday morning. The Singleton Argus
gives the following particulars, of the sad occurrence: On Sunday last,
between 9 and 10 am Dr. Glennie met with another very serious accident
opposite the hospital in John Street. It appears that he was leaving
Mrs. Kennedy's and turning his buggy the wheel came into contact with
the palings and frightened the horse; the animal immediately bolted
across the road. The doctor who was seated in the buggy, pulled the
reins with the object of preventing a collision with the kerbing, but,
unfortunately he was not successful and the vehicle was completely
turned over, and its venerable occupant violently thrown against the
kerbstone. He was picked up and carried into Mrs. McNulty's where he was
laid upon a sofa, and shortly after was conveyed to his home upon it, as
he was suffering so acutely that he could not be lifted into a buggy. It
was found that the muscles of the left leg above the knee were
contracted to a most painful degree.
Sydney Morning Herald 20 August 1880
His obituary was printed in the
Singleton Argus a few days later:
THE LATE DR. GLENNIE. While our
Wednesday's issue was being printed the sad tidings reached us that one
of the oldest and most venerable residents of the town had passed away
to the Silent Land. There was time to state the bare fact of Dr.
Glennie's decease and no more, so the machine was stopped and the
addition made. But we cannot allow the death of one so intimately
connected with the history and fortunes of this town and district for
considerably more than a generation to pass without a further notice.
It is but seldom that accident
terminates the career of one who has passed the Psalmist's limit of
three score and ten years ; but such was the fate of the kind-hearted
old gentleman upon whose devoted head the snows of the winter of life
had long left their traces. The accident which so fatally terminated has
already been chronicled. On Sunday morning last Dr. Glennie had occasion
to make a professional visit to a patient living not far from the
Hospital. While driving towards home again he was thrown from his buggy,
and received internal injuries and a shock to the system too great for
one of such an advanced age to bear, for the deceased was in his 73rd
year. He died at 1 o'clock on the morning of Wednesday, the 18th
Dr. Henry Glennie, one of
twelve sons of the celebrated Dr. Glennie, of Dulwich College Schools,
county of Surrey, England, was born on the 26th November, 1807 ; and
after completing his education in Edinburgh, he became surgeon of the
merchant ship "Royal Admiral," and arrived in Sydney harbour about the
month of May, 1832. Immediately afterwards he took up his residence at
Singleton, in the neighbourhood, of which two other brothers who had
preceded him, were residing on the now well-known estate of Dulwich.
From that time to the date of the accident, with the exception of a
short absence in Sydney, Dr. Glennie continued the practice of his
profession as a physician and surgeon.
An ardent lover of all manly
and invigorating sports and athletic exercises, the deceased in the
earlier years of his life at Singleton did much for the promotion, of
such necessary adjuncts to health and social enjoyment; and even up to
the time of his death, though somewhat bowed by the weight of over
seventy years, and unable to take part in his favorite game of cricket,
his familiar and welcome voice was always to be heard amongst the local
wielders of the willow. For many years the doctor was president of the
Singleton Cricket Club. In all matters pertaining to the welfare and
progress of the town the de- ceased took a prominent part, especially in
remoter years. Of the recently established Philharmonic Society he was
enrolled the first honorary member. The Northern Agricultural
Association has lost a valuable member of its committee, and a
consistent supporter by his death.
For many years past the duties
of district coroner have been fulfilled by our departed friend, who also
held the offices of surgeon in the lately disbanded Singleton Volunteer
Rifles, Hospital surgeon, and medical attendant to the Loyal Lodge of
Fidelity, I.O.O.F., M.U., and to the Happy Home Division of the Sons of
Temperance. A few years ago the residents of the town and district,
desirous of recognising the the long and valuable services of the
Doctor, presented him with an address and testimonial ; of this,
strangely enough, the buggy through which he eventually met his death
formed an important item.
For his kindness and
consideration to the poor, Dr. Glennie was well-known and esteemed, and
many an eloquent blessing been invoked on his venerable head as all the
payment possible from the humbler recipients of the benefits of his
gratuitous services. In the earlier straggles of the Mechanics'
Institute, Dr. Glennie rendered valuable assistance in popularising the
Institution in various ways more particularly by his lectures on
chemistry. He also frequently appeared as a reader at the musical und
literary entertainments in past years.
But now he rests from his
labours, having died in a green old ago, full of years, and possessed of
all his faculties, though necessarily in somewhat less vigorous exercise
than when in his prime. The funeral took place on Thursday morning and
was quite private, in accordance with deceased's own wish, the last sad
rites being performed by the Rev. B. E. Shaw, B.A. The news of Dr.
Glennie's death, occurring as it did just at the carnival time of the
year, was received with an unanimous expression of regret, amounting in
many instances to the sincerity and depth of personal bereavement
outside the circles of relationship. -
Singleton Argus 21 August 1880
Notes & Links:
Lineage of William Wyndham showing marriages between the
George Wyndham and